The Note: The White House staff shakeup begins

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

A damage-control plan assembled by the president's aides would try to wall off the investigations by setting up a war room inside the White House and enlisting a high-powered team of lawyers outside the West Wing.

"I want to thank Mike Dubke for his service to President trump and this administration".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer, however, will keep his job it seems, although he will reportedly hold fewer on-camera briefings. His appointment came with some criticism, as CNN reported at the time that some inside the White House said they would have preferred a veteran from the campaign.

A massive shake-up to President Donald Trump's staff has always been rumored and it may very well have started earlier this month following communications director Mike Dubke's resignation.

Trump has privately pinned some of the blame for his administration's rough start on the White House's communications strategy.

"In terms of staff shakeups, I always read things that simply aren't true", Conway said.


Earlier on Tuesday, the news broke that White House Communications Director Mike Dubke had resigned his post.

Spicer said he thinks the president "is very pleased with his team", but he added, "Ultimately the best messenger is the president himself". "He's always proven that".

The Senate Intelligence Committee notified the White House in March that it planned to question Kushner about the meeting. Former Trump campaign manager/CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski's name is being bandied about Tuesday morning.

"I realize that some of President Trump's actions and statements have unsettled America's friends", McCain said while in Australia, according to the Associated Press.

The mood inside the White House is fraught with tension, particularly with the Russian Federation investigation that most staffers are walled off from, the sources said.

Dubke's resignation could be the forerunner of a larger staff shake-up in the administration.


"That makes it much more cohesive", he said.

"They won't be able to attract the most talented people in Washington, D.C. Nobody in their right mind would jump into this White House at this point". He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

The article describes a December 1 or 2 meeting in which Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, discussed setting up a direct communication system between Trump and Moscow with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The meeting was also attended by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but both Kushner and Flynn were still just private citizens at the time.

On his return, his woes intensified as fresh allegations emerged which centre on the role of the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in communications with the Russian government.

Even as he did not directly answer questions from reporters, Spicer nearly seemed to confirm stories that Kushner had sought a secret communications channel with Moscow during the transition.


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